Located at the heart of building 50 first floor of the Kirkbride hall building. While keeping the original state of all found pieces of history, we have transformed the first floor of the original chapel of the old state hospital into a place with a warm, elegant and relaxing atmosphere. Visiting pepenero restaurant is one of the most direct ways to soak in the atmosphere of today’s Italy. for those who choose to dine with us, Pepenero gives you not only an atmosphere of modern elegance, but also a journey into the most genuine and authentic flavors of italy with an emphasize on Sicily..


Classy, upscale and stylish atmosphere, featuring italian tapas (small plates), and a great selection of Italian wines.Visiting Ballaró Wine Lounge here in Traverse City, is one of the most direct ways to soak in the atmosphere of today’s Italy. Spontaneous and effervescent as the Sicilian street market it’s named after, is truly the modern day neighborhood hangout; Its a chill lounge with amazing Italian food - set out to recreate the feel and the look of an evening in our home country as we would enjoy it.

al fresco

it took us a while but we had to make it perfect. Our patio is finally open.Outside tables - 6 feet apart. Currently accepting reservations max. 48 hours in advance for parties of 4 or less.
Plesae note that in case of rain we will not have inside availability (however we can have your dinner packed to go)

private room

Located off the main dinning room, PepeNero offers private dinning great for private dinners and meetings. The room accomodates up to 30 guests seated. Both restaurant or the wine lounge are available to rent out for private functions as well. Best of all, your event can have a custom design menu, which affords guests all the opportunity to choose and personalize. .If you would like more information, you may call 231 929 1960 or send us an email at *Please include your phone number and and a few details about your event (date, aprox. nr of guests ) Thank you.

Please note that for the time being, due to covid-19 seating restrictions, we can not accept reservations for groups larger than 6 (including our private room)


the team

PepeNero would not be what it is without our staff. They are our heartbeat and energy.Meet some of the awesome team members that make the place what it is.

authentic sicilian

Contact Us

you will find us inside the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Both the restaurant and the lounge are on the first floor of the Kirkbride Hall building (or the old Chapel).


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opening time

Dine in & CARRY OUT

Tue- Thu: 5pm - 9pm

Fri-Sat: 5pm - 10pm


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